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According to the GuardianWest Ham United is keeping an eye on Brentford midfielder Josh Dasilva ahead of next month’s winter transfer window.
The Hammers have started the 2020-21 English Premier League campaign with six wins and five draws in 16 games, scoring 23 goals.
Manager David Moyes is keen to bolster his team’s creative midfield options and has also been linked to an interest in Inter Milan’s Christian Eriksen.
However, the Dane’s huge salaries could deter West Ham from closing a deal, and Dasilva would be a cheaper and more affordable option.
While the 22-year-old doesn’t boast of Eriksen’s quality, experience or profile, he has the potential to rise to the top and conquer the English top flight.
The Brentford star scored 10 goals and assisted four others in 45 championship games last season as the Bees reached the final of the play-offs.
Dasilva has four goals and three assists in 25 appearances this season, including the winner when Brentford reached the semi-finals of the League Cup last week.
West Ham could use its creativity in the middle of the park, but it won’t come cheap after Brentford held firm on its assessments of Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma in the summer.
England’s youth international put pen to paper on a new deal in October, and moving him away from the promotion-seeking side mid-season won’t be easy.
Dasilva is a former Arsenal youth player who debuted with Arsene Wenger in 2017, and Thierry Henry turned him from forward to midfielder as a child.
He turned down a contract offer at Emirates to join Brentford the following year, and playing Premier League football is a question of when not to.
Dasilva will have no shortage of suitors next month and in the future, and West Ham could be landing a potential world champion if they sign him in the next few days.